Marxe School Race Study Guide

George Floyd Uprising

Mural of George Floyd next to words I can't breathe. Mural portrait of George Floyd by Eme Street Art in Mauerpark (Berlin, Germany)

George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The murder of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and calls to defund the police.


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Logo for Black Lives Matter. Black text with three yellow lines underneath.Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag in July 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin. The hashtag was created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. Read more about the background of BLM.